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Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

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Department: Academic Affairs
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) in the division of Academic Affairs.


      This recruitment is being handled by an outside agency.  For full position profile, please visit:

      The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and provides leadership in the graduate and research missions of the University. Specifically, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is responsible for leading and expanding the portfolio, enrollment, and quality of graduate programs, fostering a campus-wide graduate culture, creating a climate for obtaining external funding, and refining and developing policies and procedures related to these areas. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research works in consultation with the Provost and academic Deans with other divisions on campus. Units supervised include: Graduate Studies; the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP); and the Center for Excellence in Graduate Education (CEGE). The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Graduate Education Academic Planning, Review and Quality:
      • Support the oversight and review of all graduate academic programs by authorized campus bodies and individuals; support annual reporting of program review findings, including updates to the CSU Academic Master Plan;
      • Support the oversight and review of all proposals for new, modified, or discontinued graduate academic curriculum and programs by authorized campus bodies and individuals; serve with the AVP for Academic Affairs and College Deans as administrative liaisons to the Graduate Council and relevant college curriculum committees; initiate and facilitate dialogues leading to innovation, including the development of innovative graduate degree programs.
      • Joint oversight with the AVP for Academic Affairs of annual update and production of the University Catalog and production of academic program materials provided to academic departments.
      • Contribute to assuring the quality of graduate programs and credentials through support for development and implementation of academic policies and assessment tools.
      • In consultation with Graduate Program Directors, oversee and execute timely decisions regarding academic probation and disqualification of graduate students and promote effective intervention strategies to maximize graduate student success.
      • Provide supportive opportunities to high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students through CSU Pre-doctoral Scholars Program, Graduate Equity Fellowships, CSU Forgivable Loans, Student Engagement in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (SERSCA) Program, CSU Student Research Competition, and other programs as opportunities become available.
      • Support the development of graduate academic and other relevant policies to enhance graduate student success and promote academic excellence.
      • Support faculty development of proposals for new graduate programs.
      • Consult with academic Deans regarding budgetary, scheduling and staffing needs of graduate programs.
      • Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity
      • Support a culture of research, scholarship and creative activity, with specific attention to serving graduate program faculty and students. 
      • Provide direct supervision of the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
      • Ensure compliance with federal, state, CSU system, and university policies governing graduate study and university-sponsored research (including protection of human subjects, animal welfare, intellectual property, export controls, and misconduct in research).
      • Provide opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarly investigations and creative activities, and promote recognition of outstanding student and faculty scholarship and creativity through awards programs, research forums and conferences, and publications;
      • Maintain connections to systemwide research initiatives.
      • Foster and support interdisciplinary research endeavors.
      • Review proposals for external funding and advise the Provost concerning approval; participate in negotiations on cost-share, matching funds, in-kind, and facilities requirements of funding proposals.
      • Obtain additional support for research.
      • Graduate Recruitment & Retention:
      • Consult with Graduate Council and support the development of a graduate education strategic enrollment plan
      • Coordinate and lead the recruitment and retention of highly qualified graduate students.
      • Advocate for graduate programs and provide support for marketing and awareness efforts.
      • Foster a campus-wide graduate culture.
      • Establish and maintain relationships and support the development of collaborations with professional communities, industry partners and the greater university community. Such efforts should be coordinated with college deans and program faculty to avoid duplication or overlap.
      • Graduate Student Support Services:
      • Provide general oversight of operations and services provided by the Center for Excellence in Graduate Education.
      • Coordinate response to graduate student complaints received by the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Programs, and the academic Deans.
      • Initiate and promote alumni connections in support of graduate programs.
      • Committee Representation
      • Coordinate and serve as an ex-officio member of: Graduate Council; the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Policy Committee; the University Institutional Review Board (UIRB); and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Serve as Chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) compliance committee.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education:  Must have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited university, and the appropriate academic credentials to qualify for appointment as a tenured Professor in one of the colleges within the Division of Academic Affairs. Must have substantial evidence of research and scholarly activity including grant funding.

      Experience:  Demonstrated significant and successful academic administrative experience and proven leadership ability with considerable experience in preparing significant documents or other reports related to academic programs. Experience in program planning, direction and coordination for policy development and implementation. A minimum of three years of teaching experience at the graduate level and experience leading a graduate program. A minimum of five years of higher education leadership experience.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Success in obtaining external funding, as appropriate to his/her academic field; and in serving as the Principal Investigator for external grants.
      • Knowledge of grant mechanisms, institutional review and compliance procedures, and pre and post award procedures.
      • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural, diverse, complex university environment with staff, faculty and administrators.
      • Ability to analyze complex problems and to devise innovative solutions; to perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations and to assess the potential impact of alternative courses of action.
      • Ability to work independently and as a collaborative and positive team member, be self-directed and results oriented. Ability to perform all the essential functions of this position.
      • Skill in oral and written communications.
      • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
      • An entrepreneurial focus with experience in developing, implementing, sustaining in graduate programs.
      • Commitment to building infrastructure and providing leadership that supports graduate studies, research, and grants and contracts.
      • Demonstrated leadership in academic support services.
      • A strong commitment and record of achievement in DEISJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice), with experience working with diverse communities and students.
      • A commitment to and strong record of building a diverse, social justice, equitable, and inclusive learning community, and an understanding of the relationship between diversity, academic excellence, and our mission as a public 4-year University.
      • Equity advocate who recognizes the community cultural wealth and forms of capital of first generation and historically excluded populations. The desire to build graduate programs and research opportunities that would serve the local community and local students.
      • Skilled at managing a budget within a complex campus, system and state budgetary environment.
      • Successful experience and effective skills at working with unions and faculty and staff union representatives.
      • Knowledge of higher education issues and trends, curriculum and program development practices, the general concerns and processes of educational equity, and the needs and expectations of ethnic minorities.
      • Clear understanding of current CSU and national higher education issues and policies.
      • Knowledge of campus and CSU policies, procedures and practices in the area of Graduate Studies and Research.
      • Ability to develop institutional policies and practices that are consistent with trends in federal, state, and higher education law.
      • Demonstrated experience working effectively in an academic shared governance environment.
    • Required Qualifications

      • Knowledge of higher education issues and trends, curriculum and program development practices, the general concerns and processes of educational equity, and the needs and expectations of ethnic minorities. Demonstrated leadership in academic support services.
      • A commitment to, and strong record of, building a diverse, social justice, equitable, and inclusive learning community and an understanding of the relationship between diversity, academic excellence, and our mission as a public 4-year University.
      • Skill in consultative decision-making; demonstrated strengths in leadership, planning, and evaluation.
      • Demonstrated ability to support a highly collaborative, solution-oriented climate while building trust and maintaining transparency.
    • Physical Requirements
    • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made toenable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Sit, move and stand for standard office functions.
      • Sit or work at a computer terminal for long periods of time.
      • Must travel across campus to other offices or buildings.
      • Frequent in state travel and periodic out of state travel.
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: MPP) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary
    • How to Apply
    • This recruitment is being handled by an outside agency.  To be considered, qualified candidates should submit a 1) a cover letter that addresses the position’s responsibilities and qualifications; 2) a current résumé or CV; and 3) the contact information for three professional references.  To apply, please visit:
    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER MAY 17, 2021. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)
    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



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